UK Parliament passes Brexit bill

Posted March 15, 2017

Britain's Parliament has passed the Brexit bill, paving the way for the government to trigger Article 50 so the United Kingdom can leave the European Union.

If the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill passes through without any hiccups, Prime Minister May could trigger Article 50 as early as tomorrow.

While leaders of EU countries will gather in April or May for a summit to agree on the "framework" for talks, actual discussions with the United Kingdom can't begin until ministers officially approve more-detailed negotiation directives to be drawn up by the Brussels-based European Commission.

But beyond saying she will begin the formal process later this month, the Premier has yet to answer the question of exactly when, and end nine months of guesswork as to how her government will approach the uncharted territory of leaving the EU.

The UK government must agree to a new Scottish vote.

But she can't do it until Parliament approves a bill authorizing the government to start the divorce process.

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This could mean it is all "done and dusted by midnight" on Monday, she said.

How soon the European Union can proceed will largely depend on when May triggers Article 50, and if leaders can hold their summit on the preferred date of April 6.

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The bill will pass into law when the royal assent is announced in both Houses of Parliament, which is likely to happen early on Tuesday afternoon.

The Government has committed to triggering Article 50 by the end of March but will not give further detail on the timing.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her concerns about May's plan to pull Britain out of Europe's single market, in order to cut immigration, had been met with a "brick wall of intransigence".

Most people in Scotland do not want a second referendum, she said. A handful of pro-EU Conservatives expressed their unhappiness, then abstained from the vote.

"This is a choice between a society for the few who will use the current crisis to justify their position and a society for the many which recognises the vital and important contributions migrants make to the country".

The House of Commons rejected amendments by the House of Lords, calling on the government to protect the status of European Union nationals within three months of the start of Brexit talks, by 335 votes to 287.

Pressed on the issue on Monday, a Downing Street spokesman said that Mrs May "shared [the ministers'] view that a bad deal would be worse than no deal".

[Sturgeon] said the UK Government had "not moved even an inch in pursuit of compromise and agreement" with the Scottish Government over Brexit and that even a good deal would be "significantly inferior" to the status quo.